Career Notes Entering 2015 Season:
• 2014 First Team All-Mid-American Conference
• 2014 Academic All-Mid-American Conference
• Tied for 13th in program history with one career save
2014 (So.): Earned second letter at Ball State ... helped guide the Cardinals to their fifth Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 33-19 (12-4 MAC) record … First Team All-Mid-American Conference and Academic All-MAC … played in 29 of Ball State’s 52 games, including 22 starts … starting designated player for the final 14 league games … tallied a .343 batting average during league play, including her first career home run in Ball State’s win over Akron (April 18) … drove in what proved to be the game-winning run in the second game versus Western Michigan (April 12) with a RBI double in the seventh inning … scored the game-winning run versus Central Michigan (May 2), crossing the plate on a passed ball … also scored the game-winning run versus FIU (Feb. 28) … finished the season with a .313 batting average, two home runs, five doubles, eight runs scored and 10 RBI in 64 at bats … also made six appearances in the circle … made her collegiate pitching debut at USC Upstate (Feb. 17), retiring two of the three batters she faced … recorded her first career save versus Morehead State (Feb. 22), holding the Eagles to just one hit over three innings of work, while striking out a career-high three batters … picked up her first career win versus Detroit (March 2), holding the Titans hitless over 2.1 innings of work and logging a pair of strikeouts … turned in a solid performance in the second game at No. 7 Arizona (March 4), holding one of the nation’s top offensive programs to just two hits over 3.0 innings.
2013 (Fr.): Earned first letter at Ball State … helped guide the Cardinals to their fourth Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 37-17 (18-3 MAC) record … played in 13 games, mainly as a pinch runner … posted a .667 batting average with two hits in three at bats … sliced a single up the middle in her first career at bat in the win over Grambling State (Feb. 22), while coming around to score … added another single in her second career at bat versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Feb. 23), while also scoring a pair of runs, getting hit by a pitch and playing in the outfield … scored a run in her first career game versus IUPUI (Feb. 16), after entering the contest as a pinch runner … also scored runs in pinch running situations versus Florida A&M (March 8) and at Eastern Michigan (April 27).
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner in softball at Fenton High School where she played for coach Rick Bescoe ... helped guide the Tigers to an 81-63 record over her career, including a 23-13 record and a league championship title her junior year ... named All-Metro League, All-District and All-Region as a pitcher, while earning All-State as a utility player her senior season ... posted 19 wins and a 1.66 ERA in the circle her senior year, while batting .472 with 39 RBI, 11 doubles, nine triples and a home run ... also logged a .769 slugging percentage and a .541 on base percentage as a senior ... hit .446 with a .519 on-base percentage and a .679 slugging percentage as a junior, while also earning All-Metro League and all-district honors as a pitcher after posting a 15-5 record in the circle ... as a sophomore, she picked up all-league, all-district and all-region honors at first base after posting a .479 batting average, 29 stolen bases, a .526 on base percentage and a .672 slugging percentage ... named second team all-league as a freshman with a .382 batting average ... also played two season of volleyball at Fenton, helping guide the program to back-to-back league championships as a defensive specialist ... played club softball for Compuware 18U in 2011, while joining MI Athletics for the 2012 season.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Dave and Annette Cowger ... has three sisters, Kate, Tori and Ellie ... her sisters Kate and Tori played softball at the University of Minnesota ... her dad played golf at the University of Minnesota-Morris ... born April 29, 1994, in Flint, Mich. ... full name is Samantha Grace Cowger ... majoring in sport administration ... maintains a 3.766 grade-point average.